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Going Back to Homegrown's Roots on Soup Town Night

Baihly Warfield
Updated: May 02, 2019 11:04 PM

On Soup Town Night of the Homegrown Music Festival, there was a flashback to the event's roots as Father Hennepin played at the Cedar Lounge.

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The band has played in 20 of 21 Homegrown festivals, and one of its members goes all the way back to the start. 

"The unofficial first Homegrown was my 30th birthday," Scott "Starfire" Lunt said. 

That was down on Park Point. He said several months later, some friends were talking about doing it again. They named it Homegrown. 

"That first official Homegrown was just two nights and 10 bands," Lunt said. 

Now, the festival has expanded to eight days and hundreds of artists.

"It's such a community thing. It's never been about money," Lunt said. 

Thursday night was Father Hennepin's 20th Homegrown show. 

"Playing our show is always a great part," Lunt said. "I just like chatting with people. It's almost become like a big, all-city reunion in some ways because a lot of people come back."

Since Homegrown's inception, the local music scene has come a long way too. 

"There was some original stuff around town, but it wasn't what I would call a scene," Lunt said. "Now there's kids that weren't even born when it started that are playing."

Every year, Homegrown showcases new talent and might generate it too. 

"I think it's created musicians that might have never been created," Lunt said. "I still don't really feel like I'm that much of a musician, but I know that there's people that probably in any other city would have never have ended up in a band."

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